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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Journalists in the two newsrooms spent more than six months reviewing thousands of pages of court, prison and police records and conducting hundreds of interviews. They built a database of former leaders in Southern Baptist churches who have been convicted of sex crimes. The newspapers' joint investigation revealed several conclusions including: "Some registered sex offenders returned to the pulpit. Others remain there, including a Houston preacher who sexually assaulted a teenager and now is the principal officer of a Houston nonprofit that works with student organizations, federal records show. Its name: Touching the Future Today Inc."



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Aren't Southern Baptists the ones that teach its okay to beat your wife and kids?

#1 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-02-10 06:57 PM | Reply

but but but... these are married men!!!!

#2 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-02-10 06:58 PM | Reply

I mean... duh.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-10 07:12 PM | Reply

Abuse of any kind of another person, sexual, violence, emotional, verbal, economic, cultural... is antithetical to Christianity as practiced in the NT.

One might expect that self-proclaimed followers would be less likely than the general population to caught up in all kinds of abuse, and that might even be true despite these numbers in this report, but one might be disappointed, though it's not entirely surprising since the teachings they follow are most often more traditions than the actual teachings in the NT.

Even people who try to follow the actual teachings will fail in some ways, but people who want to be leaders need to be especially careful of their hypocrisy.

Not that their record with money or caring about their neighbors, for example, is likely any better, probably worse.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-10 07:28 PM | Reply

No kidding. The folks who support Trump would abuse people. No surprise there.

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-02-10 08:10 PM | Reply

"Honey, I'm Moses and between your legs is the Red Sea. You don't want to disappoint Jesus, now do you?"

#6 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-02-10 09:30 PM | Reply

In the past the "new" atheist would cheer news like this now they just sweat.

Seriously though 700 how the hell does that happen?

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2019-02-10 09:51 PM | Reply

Gives "The 700 Club" a whole new meaning.

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2019-02-10 10:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

So the Southern Baptists rejected every reform that was proposed.
The abusers went on to molest hundreds more.
The abused were told to 'forgive' the abusers, or if needed 'get abortions.'

I got half way through and just didn't want to read any more.

#9 | Posted by YAV at 2019-02-10 10:38 PM | Reply

The numbers reflect 47,000 churches and 15 million southern Baptists.... surely less than the percent of abuse in the general population, but more than disturbing none the less.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-10 10:41 PM | Reply


Or just the tip of the iceberg.

Catholic church is still having issues even admitting it occured let alone the true extent and reach.

#11 | Posted by Lohocla at 2019-02-10 10:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#10 The problem is the lack of reform and the tendency to cover up the abuse, which means the problem probably is bigger than what is reported:

"Several factors make it likely that the abuse is even more widespread than can be documented: Victims of sexual assault come forward at a low rate; many cases in churches are handled internally; and many Southern Baptist churches are in rural communities where media coverage is sparse."

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-10 10:52 PM | Reply

Yep, it prolly is bigger than reported in churches, just as it is in business, politics, government, and education.

And it still may well be less percent-wise than in those institutions... and still too many.

Some Catholic priests tend to have celibacy issues, I don't know what percent. Baptists have more like beer issues; which is why you never take one fishing with you... you take two who watch each other and they won't drink all your beer. (old Baptist joke)

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-11 12:04 AM | Reply

Anybody that ever read Bible understands these abusers are disciples of the old testament.

#14 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-11 01:08 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Baptists and Pentecostals aren't deeply hierarchical, so there's no unitary entity like the Catholic Church to blame.

Good way to fly under the radar.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-11 01:15 AM | Reply

The more "organized" a religion is, the less about "religion" it becomes.

#16 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-02-11 11:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Good... but only in the fact that "real" journalists uncovered this.

Not the FBI, CIA, NCIS, Texas Rangers or even the local police.

This is what journalism used to do in the good ol days...

Good Job!

The more "organized" criminals are, the less about "criminality" it becomes.

#17 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-02-12 04:11 AM | Reply

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